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Wang Qishan Meets with AL chief, Egyptian FM

On July 9, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan met with the Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, respectively.

When meeting with Aboul-Gheit, Wang said China had been and will always be a positive energy in the promotion of world peace and development, and this was decided by the development history and cultural traditions of the Chinese nation.

China and the Arab states are politically equal, economically mutually beneficial and culturally inclusive, Wang said.

"China firmly supports the Arab states to explore a development path that suits them, to realize regional peace, stability, development and prosperity," he said.

He called on the Arab states to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative and hoped the Arab League could play a more important role in promoting China-Arab ties.

Aboul-Gheit said the Arab states pay great attention to China's development path, are willing to participate in the construction of the Belt and Road, and will deepen pragmatic cooperation with China.

He expressed gratitude to China for its firm support of the cause of developing countries and the Arab states.

When meeting with Shoukry, Wang said China-Egypt relations had achieved a sustainable and stable development.

He said China stands ready to enhance pragmatic cooperation with Egypt in various fields to achieve more results and to give bilateral relations a more important role in promoting China-Arab and China-Africa relations.

Shoukry said Egypt will actively participate in the construction of the Belt and Road and cooperate with China in a broader field.

He said Egypt is ready to enhance coordination with China on regional peace and development, and improve traditional friendship between the two countries.

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